THE CHILDHOOD OF JOAN OF ARC
by Bruno Dumont
France, 1425. In the midst of the Hundred Years’ War, the young Jeannette, at the still tender age of 8, looks after her sheep in the small village of Domremy.
One day, she tells her friend Hauviette how she cannot bear to see the suffering caused by the English. Madame Gervaise, a nun, tries to reason with the young girl, but Jeannette is ready to take up arms for the salvation of souls and the liberation of the Kingdom of France. Carried by her faith, she will become Joan of Arc.
Director of Photography :
Lise Leplat Prudhomme
" ‘Jeannette,’ is a visionary embodiment of continuity —a fusion of spiritual exaltation, physical fury, defiance of authority, and political revolt.”
—Richard Brody, The New Yorker
"Eccentric, entrancing... as bold as it is lively and sweet... an enchanting fairy tale."
"Weird, wild... achieves an audacity that even the most traditional cinephiles should find hard to ignore."
"Dumont set out to smash the conventions of Joan’s tale, and does so brilliantly!"
Dumont shows us the incongruity between girlish impetuousness -- a petulant if precocious devotion to her cause -- and the genuine rage at her nation's destruction which will serve as her hallmark.
Bruno Dumont’s new feature Jeannette, l’enfance de Jeanne d’Arc marks an unexpected and near-perfect synthesis of the French iconoclast’s many disparate interests and obsessions.. -
—Jordan Cronk, Cinema Scope
One of the true UFOs I have encountered in my ten years of Cannes attendance. So aberrant and ruthless is its pursuit of new forms of poetry, luminance and madness that it can be (and very much has been) confused for cretinism itself. — Filmmaker
Cannes International Film Festival, Director’s Fortnight
Transylvania International Film Festival
Moscow International Film Festival
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
New Horizons Film Festival, Poland
Toronto International Film Festival
Rendez-Vous with French Cinema
SXSW Film Festival
Bruno Dumont (born in France) is a French film Director. To date, he has directed several feature films, all of which border somewhere between realistic drama and the avant-garde. His first feature film La vie de Jésus was selected at Directors' Fortnight. His films have won several awards at the Cannes films Festival. Two of Dumont's films have won the Grand Prix award: both L'Humanité and Flandres (2006). The only other director who has twice won the Cannes Grand Prix is Andrei Tarkovsky. Dumont's Hadewijch won the 2009 Prize of the International Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) for Special Presentation at the Toronto Film Festival, and will be distributed in France in 2009, and by IFC in the U.S. in 2010. In 2016, Slack Bay was presented in Competition at the Cannes International Film Festival.
1997, The Life of Jesus
2003, Twentynine Palms
2011, Hors Satan/Outside Satan
2013, Camille Claudel 1915
2016, Slack Bay
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